National Health Investors, Inc. (NYSE:NHI) announced today an agreement with Bickford Senior Living (“Bickford”) to combine their ownership in the real estate and operating assets of 10 stabilized assisted living and memory care facilities. Under the arrangement which is expected to close by September 30, 2012, NHI will contribute eight properties and Bickford will contribute two, with NHI owning an 85 percent interest and Bickford owning the remaining 15 percent. Bickford will continue to manage the facilities. Wells Fargo Securities, LLC served as financial advisor to NHI on this transaction.
“This investment is substantially accretive from day one,” said Justin Hutchens, NHI’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “There is inherent appeal in the solid initial cap-rate of 9% and in this portfolio’s potential to outpace the growth of our typical triple-net lease structure. Bickford Senior Living is a premier operator with twenty years of operating experience.”
Mike Eby, Bickford’s President stated, “Our alliance with NHI ensures our relationship with a strong capital partner who truly values the quality of care we provide to our residents and who is committed to our long-term growth plans for the company.”
NHI structured the transaction to be compliant with the provisions of the REIT Investment Diversification and Empowerment Act of 2007 (RIDEA) which permits NHI to receive rent payments through a triple-net lease between the property company and operating company, and will give NHI the opportunity to capture additional value on the improving performance of the operating company through distributions to a Taxable REIT Subsidiary (TRS).NHI will have the exclusive right to finance and include all future acquisitions and development projects by Bickford into the new business structure. This includes up to eight previously disclosed projects of which three are underway. Key Transaction Highlights:
- The transaction is accretive to NHI’s normalized FFO by $0.02 per diluted, common share for the remainder of 2012 and a minimum of $0.08 per diluted, common share in 2013
- The business structure is comprised of: 10 facilities, 488 units, 88% occupancy and an average age of five years, plus current development of three, 60-unit facilities
- Facility ownership: two properties contributed by Bickford and eight properties contributed by NHI
- Locations: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas and Michigan